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The EU Council imposed sanctions against 33 Russians involved in Navalny's death

Today, March 22, the Council of the European Union decided to introduce restrictive measures against 33 individuals and two legal entities involved in the sudden death of Russian oppositionist Alexei Navalny in a maximum security colony. This is discussed on the EU website.

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Who is under sanctions

The new sanctions lists include the colonies where Alexei Navalny was kept since June 2022 to death – correctional colony IK-6 and maximum security correctional colony IK-3.

Both colonies are known for physical and psychological pressure, complete isolation, torture and violence against prisoners.

“In both places, Navalny experienced ill-treatment, in particular due to repeated solitary confinement in a punishment cell and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, which led to a serious deterioration in his health,” the message says.

Also The head of IK-3, Vadim Kalinin, and various deputy heads of the colony were sanctioned.

In addition, the Council of the European Union decided to include in the list of sanctions such judges as:

Among others are officials of the penitentiary system and the Ministry of Justice, who were either responsible for executing the sentences of Alexei Navalny and other political opponents, or did not ensure the protection of the rights and freedoms of citizens.

With today's lists, restrictive measures under the EU's Global Human Rights Sanctions Regime now apply to 104 individuals and legal entities and 23 organizations from many countries.

What restrictions apply to sanctioned persons

Persons those included in the sanctions list are subject to an asset freeze, and the provision of funds or economic resources to them or for their benefit, directly or indirectly, is prohibited.

In addition, individuals listed on the list are subject to a ban on entry into the EU.

In addition, individuals listed on the list are subject to a ban on entry into the EU.


Death of Navalny

On February 16, 2024, Russian oppositionist Alexei Navalny fainted while walking in the Polar Wolf colony, where he was serving a three-year prison sentence.

Subsequently, The Department of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug was informed of the death of the politician.

There was no official information about the causes of Navalny’s death. RosSMI named the probable cause of death as a blood clot.

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